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the true meaning of independence day. ♪ >> the soldiers in the southeastern corner of afghanistan took part in a flag-raising ceremony. they were sent to afghanistan as part of president obama's troop surge. >>> the sacrifice so many have made in the fight for freedom a stark indication this morning that more americans are unaware of the very origins of this holiday. listen to this. a new poll finds that 42% of americans don't know the u.s. declared independence, 1776, folks, and 24% don't know that we declared independence from the british. >> come on. >> i categorically cannot accept that. >> there you go. >> unbelievable. >>> unbelievable. although this is of course, independence day, fourth of july. we're desperate for one day of great weather. we turn to you, stephanie roberts in today for sam. for the very latest. stephanie. >> good morning. no pressures, since you have to deliver a good fireworks forecast to the nation. yesterday, some very rough weather. moving through the d.c. area. in fact, one fatality from a tree falling on a man riding his bike. you can see folks evacuating the
adopted a stray dog in afghanistan. how they located the pup and flew her to their hometown, sight unseen. this is a wonderful story about a man's best friend. >> dedication to dogs and pets in our lives, which many people really think is worthwhile. incredible partners. >> and how important they are for soldiers and service people serving overseas. they really develop this tight bond with their pets. >> i think a very few of us can really understand. great story comingngp there. >>> first, tea party favorite michele bachmann has zoomed to the top of the polls as she campaigns for president in iowa. >> but there are questions about how the counseling center she and her husband run back in minnesota are run. an outside group took undercover video inside the center after bachmann's husband denied he tries to cure gay people. abc correspondent brian ross has details. >> reporter: michele bachmhmn tells supporters her husband marcus has been the key to her 33 years of happy marriage. >> i have a very big advantage because marcus has his ph.d. in counseling and he's a marriage counselor. >> re
from afghanistan and iraq. an incredible story. >> incredible to watch. >>> more of diane sawyer's amazing interview of jaycee dugard. what a remarkable and resilient young woman she is and you're going to see more and hear from her. >> the strength and serenity she displays in the interview is incredible. >>> more on casey anthony. we learned her sentence was extended by four more days. the latest on that and the latest on these emergency negotiations in washington to try to prevent the united states going into default. the president called them into a rare session and the changes they're talking about could affect every single american. >> in dramatic ways. >>> first with josh elliott with more on the top stories including this horrible story in the ballpark in texas, george and i were watching the videotape. >> it is horrifying. we do begin with that ballpark tragedy. it seems we've seen it too many times to count. fans leaping interest their seats leaning over railings in desperate purr suit of a fouou ball, the most american of souvenirs. this time one fan went too far and f
refuse to go to afghanistan because it was against my islamic conditions. >> reporter: he wanted out but military investigators say they found child pornography on his government computer so on the fourth of july, abdo went awol from ft. campbell, kentucky and they believe he came to ft. hood to stage an attack similar to major nidal hasan's in 2009 that killed 13 and wounded 30. abc news learned he told investigators he wanted to get even with the military. that he planned not to attack the post but a nearby restaurant popular with soldiers. he told investigators he planned to detonate two bombs there, then shoot any survivors. >> it seemed like he was, up to nothing. >> reporter: his plan unraveled shortly after he got out of mark smith's cab at that gun shop. greg ebert sold him the ammunition and gunpowder but got suspicious when he paid $250 in cash. >> we made a decision to call the police and fortunately it worked out well. >> reporter: officers tracked young soldier to this nearby hotel. in his room, all of that ammo, a pistol, the components to make two bombs and a backpack
. >>> overseas now, despite reports of major progress by american forces in afghanistan, there's new evidence that the war is more violent than ever. the u.n. says that civilian deaths are up 15% this year compared to last year's record high. it comes just as the u.s. hands over more security duties to afghan forces. >>> and former first lady betty ford will be laid to rest today alongside her husband at his presidential museum in michigan. thousands gathered to pay their final respects wednesday after ford's casket arrived from california. >>> and the theater where david letterman tapes his show has been vandalized for a second time this week. a florida man was arrested overnight accused of shattering glass on the front doors of the ed sullivan theater. another man was picked up sunday after doing essentially the same thing breaking several of the same windows in an admittedly drunken rampage. now diane sawyer with a preview of tonight's "world news." diane? >> and hello again, josh. hope it's a great week so far. tonight, we are going to crown one of our viewers a made in market all-star. j
into the phones of a 13-year-old murder victim and families of soldiers killed in afghanistan. staffers are also accused of paying off police f f stories. arrests are sasa to be imminent. >>> now here's diane sawyer with a preview of nighghs "world news." diane? >> well, josh, as we've been talking this morning, tonight on "world news," jaycee dugard i i going to speak for the first time about 18 years of captivity. she was 11 years old when she was taken. horrible sexual abuse and she will talk emotionally about the birth of her child and also what it means to survive. lessons for us all about loving our lives every single day and that is coming up tonight on "world news," josh. >> thank you, diane. an extraordinary thing to wrap your mind around. you sat with her earlier. diane has the first interview with jaycee dugard. it is going to be absolutely compelling. >> it will be. thank you, josh. >>> let's check in now with the buzziest showbiz headlines and trends. lara at the board. >> let's get to it. time for our pop news heat index measuring the hottest, the coolest stories making the rounds
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